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Protesters block traffic, demand repeal of self-defense law

July 29, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A group of protesters blocked an intersection in a Florida city, demanding a repeal of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Protesters blocked traffic Sunday at an intersection in St. Petersburg in response to the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton, who was black, was shot outside a store earlier this month after he pushed Michael Drejka to the ground. Drejka, who is white, had been yelling at McGlockton’s girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space.

The Pinellas County sheriff hasn’t arrested Drejka, citing the law which allows people to use force without retreating if they feel threatened.

Television station WFLA reports that officers eventually moved the protesters to a sidewalk.

Pastor Andy Oliver says the group wanted to disrupt traffic since he believes the law is disrupting communities of color.

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Information from: WFLA-TV, http://www.wfla.com/

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